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Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports coaches, all of which are volunteers, are the foundation of our youth sports programs.  Those who are trained and educated on the many different aspects involved with coaching kids are best prepared to provide our participants with a fun-filled, safe and rewarding experience. 

The National Alliance of Youth Sports (NAYS)  is the most widely used coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 3 million coaches since its inception in 1981. The NAYS training is available online for coaches to complete at their convenience; and it’s also offered on site in more than 3,000 communities nationwide.

The top quality NAYS  training features two components: Coaching Youth Sports and a sport-specific training. The Coaching Youth Sports portion covers topics coaches of all sports need to know, such as working with parents; motivating kids; building confidence; instilling good sportsmanship; safety; and nutrition and hydration; among many other areas.  In the sport-specific training coaches learn how to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of the particular sport they are coaching, as well as effective drills to use during their practices. 

After completing the NAYS  training coaches qualify for an annual membership, which includes a $1,000,000 excess liability insurance policy; access to member-only coaching resources and supplemental coach trainings; SportingKid Live!; a monthly member e-newsletter; and a member ID card. 

All of the coaches in our programs must pass a background check, coaching certification, sport specific training, and concussion awareness, and attend live/online clinics.

The National Association of Youth Sports (NAYS) training program gives volunteer coaches a strong foundation in coaching, prepares them for their important responsibilities, as well as holds them accountable to a Code of Conduct defined by the NAYS Coaches' Code of Ethics Pledge




NAYS New Coach Registration Instructions

NAYS Coaches Code of Ethics



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